Thursday, October 18, 2012

Online boost for battle against bullying

A Ballarat business’ fight against bullying has been bolstered with a new online presence awarded as part of a revolutionary online competition.

Good2gr8 Coaching has won a $4,500 website package from Newbiz Business Solutions in a competition to mark the B31 Ballarat Business Month and CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Awards.

Good2gr8 Coaching owner Sue Anderson said the new website would be an important tool in her ongoing work with children, teenagers and families affected by bullying.

“Winning the NewBiz solutions competition means I will be able to develop a website that provides information and resources for people affected by bullying,” Sue said.

“I’m not talking about the usual doom and gloom bullying statistics or telling people to change their behaviour – we know that doesn’t work.

“My new website will provide solutions and show people that they can choose to be ‘unbullyable’ and that’s pretty powerful stuff.”

Newbiz Solutions Director Paul Brick said more than 36 entries had been received in the online Facebook competition for which members of the public were invited to vote for their favorite entry.

“Entrants were encouraged to post a brief description of their business and why they needed to boost their online presence,” Paul said.

“The winning entry received 109 votes from across Australia and around the world and Sue has reported a spike in her own Facebook activity as a direct result of this.”

Paul said his own business, Newbiz Solutions, recognised the need for businesses of all sizes to embrace online technologies.

“The ways in which we are connecting over the internet are rapidly changing, so a carefully planned and executed online presence can mean the difference between reaching your target audience and not being found,” he said.

“We viewed this competition as a fun and creative way to highlight to business there are many ways to use the Internet to drive new customers their way.”

Sue, who started Good2gr8 with her husband in 2008, said she expected her improved online presence would have a significant impact upon her business.

“Already, because of the competition, I’ve had many people send me ‘friend’ requests and a number of people like my ‘Unbullyable’ Facebook page,” she said.

“The other exciting thing that I had people from all over the world vote for me – the UK, El Salvador, Africa, USA…

“The words of support and encouragement from strangers was something that had the biggest impact on me.”

Media information: Paul Brick, Newbiz Solutions Director, telephone 0438 043 798.

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